In News by Oluwaseun Samuel on the 10th, September, 2020

The Story Of Gana, A Bully Who Turned His Group’s Protector And Then Gangster

The Story Of Gana, A Bully Who Became His Community's Protector And Then Gangster

The late Gana’s gang members and the arms they surrendered in 2015 and The late Gana

He was a terror, however his killing on a day he was to embrace peace has raised eyebrows. The late Terwase Akwaza, fashionable referred to as Gana, graduated from being a bully to freedom fighter and in the end a gang chief with a large territory, write UJA EMMANUEL and SANNI ONOGU


Terwase Akwaza, fashionable referred to as Gana in thoughts, didn’t see demise coming. However, on Tuesday night, troops of Operation Whirl Stroke waylaid his convoy on Katsina-Ala- Gboko federal freeway and shot him useless.

Born 40 years in the past in Mbayongo, Shitile Kpav, Katsina-Ala Native Authorities Space in Benue State, Gana dropped out of major faculty. He might hardly communicate good English.

As a baby, he lived in his residence city, Gbishe. From tormenting and bullying different youngsters, he grew right into a militant and from his Mbayongo clan, the late Gana unfold his tentacles to 3 native authorities areas: Ukum, Katsina-Ala and Brand.

Initially, he was believed to have a mystical energy given to him by his kinsmen to defend his group in opposition to exterior aggression or invaders. He defended his folks in opposition to herdsmen. His group shared boundaries with Taraba State and the neighbours have been all the time taking over arms in opposition to one another. The late Gana later turned big-time militant and recruited boys within the three native authorities space.

He acquired subtle weapons and his gang members have been mentioned to have been concerned in felony actions like kidnapping, homicide and armed robberies.

His gang members made life insufferable for his folks and those that plied the federal freeway between Katsina Ala – Takum and Katsina-Ala – Zakibiam – Wukari in Taraba.

Ukum, Brand and Katsina-Ala native authorities areas that made up Sankera are identified for enormous yam manufacturing, however the actions of Gana led to the yam markets in these areas being abandoned. His group sacked markets officers and assumed management, amassing levies and taxes within the markets.

Igbo merchants relocated, motorist prevented roads in Sankera, faculties, hospitals and enterprise have been grounded.

Issues worsened when a few of his gang members parted method with him and fashioned their terror group.

The late Gana and his gang have been fingered in each felony exercise within the Sankera axis.

When he was declared wished, no one was capable of arrest him. Many attributed this to his supernatural energy to seem and disappear. The police, troopers and Air pressure tried to apprehend him however failed.

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In 2015, Governor Samuel Ortom granted him amnesty and he surrendered large arms and ammunition alongside his gang members who denounced criminality.

The late Gana was given a contract by the Board of Inner Income Service (BIRS) for him to eke out a livelihood.

Few months after he repented, he was accused of killing Mr Denen Iguana, the governor’s aide on safety. Makes an attempt to carry him to reply questions on the killing of Iguana failed. He parted methods with Ortom and returned to the trenches. A 10 million bounty was positioned on his head for anybody with data which will result in his arrest.

Final week, Ortom visited Ukum and Katsina-Ala native authorities areas to inaugurate initiatives. Throughout the go to, elders and stakeholders in Sankera axis pleaded with Ortom to grant the late Gana and his gang members one other amnesty which he obliged.

Tuesday was set for probably the most wished felony gang chief to give up on the Authorities Home, Makurdi. He and his gang members assembled on the Katsina-Ala township stadium and have been being conveyed to Makurdi earlier than troopers mounted a roadblock at a spot referred to as Maseje between Ameladu and Yandev roundabout in Gboko Native Authorities Space and whisked him away. He was later killed.

Ortom yesterday expressed shock the way in which Gana was killed by troopers. He mentioned he was ready for an evidence from the Commander of four Particular forces Command in Doma, Nassarawa State, Maj.-Gen. Moundhey

Gadzama Ali earlier than he would know what to say.

Former Governor of Benue State and Senator representing Benue North East, Gabriel Suswam, yesterday condemned the late Gana’s killing.

Suswam, in an announcement in Abuja, referred to as for a Judicial Fee of Inquiry to unravel the circumstances that led to the demise of Gana.

He urged the folks of the state to stay calm saying this can be a “time to heal and never warfare.”

Suswam, who’s the Chairman Senate Committee on Energy, in his assertion titled: “A Time to Heal” mentioned: “At occasions of uncertainties and disaster, it’s incumbent on statesmen to face out and douse conditions particularly people who threaten the great order of society.

“The position of elders at occasions like this isn’t to inflame passions or fan the embers of hate however to heal all wounds. We’re at such a crucial juncture in our existence in Benue State.

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“The occasions of September eight, 2020 in my senatorial district the place repentant criminals who had surrendered after in depth persuasions have been singled out and killed extra-judicially leaves a bitter style and has opened a gaping wound that requires all efforts to heal.

It’s no secret that my senatorial district has been traumatised and the folks terrorised by actions of felony gangs led by Mr. Terwase Agwaza alias Gana, for a few years.

“The results of this countless terrorism have been a gradual decline of financial and social actions leaving a as soon as affluent folks pauperised.

“Markets now not entice merchants, faculties are closed and farmlands deserted. Politics within the space has turn out to be a warfare with uncontrolled proliferation of harmful weapons.

“No accountable chief will idly stand by and watch his group turn out to be a theatre of warfare and a gangster’s paradise.

“It’s with this answer mindset that conventional rulers, clergymen and elders of the realm determined to utilise technique of constructive engagement and dialogue to make sure that youths of the realm don’t turn out to be instruments for the destruction of that society.

“The Benue State authorities together with the safety companies have lengthy desired for a return to normalcy, peace, prosperity and safety of the realm.

“Now we have all been in settlement that the continual existence and actions of gangs are an ailing wind that blows nobody any good.

“That’s the reason some leaders have been mandated to achieve out to those outlaws to influence them to drop their arms and channel their energies in the direction of the rebuilding of our totally battered group.

“We have been all excited to see the dreaded Gana come out of hiding to the nice and cozy embrace of our conventional rulers, clergy and political leaders at a public perform on the Akume Atongo Stadium in Katsina-Ala.

“Our pleasure was multiplied after we noticed him alongside together with his militia give up arms and publicity resign a lifetime of crime.

“Our revered King extracted a pledge from him by no means to show his kingdom right into a wasteland.

“These current at this discussion board heaved an awesome sigh of aid with the thought that lastly, a life stuffed with uncertainty has come to an finish.

“I used to be completely dumbfounded to be taught that whereas Gana was on his method to Makurdi, the state capital, to current himself to the governor who was ready, his lengthy convoy that included political leaders, conventional rulers, clergymen and safety companies was ambushed by allegedly armed troopers and he remoted and brought away.

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“Within the midst of the confusion, footage started to flow into on social media of the bullet-ridden physique of Gana with a rifle callously positioned on his facet.

Whereas I’ve been constant in condemning the reign of terror he unleashed on his group, I can not in good conscience as a lawyer of over three a long time and a senior parliamentarian settle for cold-blooded extra-judicial homicide of an unarmed individual as an answer to our safety issues.

he classes of the Boko Haram escalation after an identical homicide of its chief are nonetheless right here with us.

“If this methodology is accepted as a norm in our nation, there will probably be no want for legal guidelines and courts.

“We stand to profit extra by subjecting suspects to due means of the regulation. Info extracted from a residing Gana would have helped safety brokers get to the foundation of actions of criminals.

“By this Gestapo fashion execution, we’ve missed a chance to be taught important classes in regards to the construction of crime within the space.

“Even warfare criminals captured alive are entitled to sure rights. The declare that Gana was killed in a gunfight wants additional rationalization as a result of those that accompanied him and who watched him being taken away, together with his Native Authorities Chairman, don’t imagine he was in possession of any arms.

“An impartial judicial fee of inquiry will unravel information of the matter to function classes for the long run.

“It’s unlucky that this occasion has escalated tensions within the space and that’s the reason I’m utilizing this chance to plead with all elders and group leaders to rein of their youths and keep away from deterioration of an already dangerous scenario.

“It is a time to heal and never warfare. It is a time to carry one another to our frequent values as human beings.

“It is a time to rebuild our fractured society. It is a time to rally collectively as brothers and say Sufficient is Sufficient.”

There may be pressure in Sankera axis as many are afraid that his gang members could avenge his brutal killings.


Supply: The Nation

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